"The main difference between a midget and a dwarf is that a midget
has normal bodily proportions. Since the term "midget" is considered
offensive, the term "little person" can be used to refer to a midget or a
dwarf. Midget is a derogatory name for a person who is unusually small
n. 1. Offensive: An extremely small person who is otherwise normally
"Midget is an offensive term for someone who is much smaller than
average. While it's acceptable today to describe an inanimate object
with the adjective midget, it's never okay to use the word for a person."
"Midget" as slur
During the 2009 National Conference of the Little People of America, a
press conference was held to make a public statement regarding the use
of the word "midget", which is considered offensive by many people with
dwarfism. The statement was made in direct response to an episode of
Celebrity Apprentice which featured multiple uses of the word "midget"
and justification of it by one of the celebrities, Jesse James. Members
of the LPA have filed a complaint with the Federal Communications
Commission over the use of the word midget on broadcast television.
The complaint said that "the word 'midget' is considered offensive to the
dwarfism community and should not be seen or heard on TV or radio".[6"
"LPA issues statement to abolish the "m" word
Little People of America, the world’s oldest and largest dwarfism support
organization and an international, membership-based organization for
people with dwarfism and their families, advocates to abolish the use of
the word “midget”. The word “midget” was never coined as the official
term to identify people with dwarfism, but was created as a label used to
refer to people of short stature who were on public display for curiosity
and sport. Today, the word “midget” is considered a derogatory slur. The
dwarfism community has voiced that they prefer to be referred to as
dwarfs, little people, people of short stature or having dwarfism, or simply,
and most preferably, by their given name."